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Study Fails to Establish Link Between Cancer and Firefighting
Date:4/16/2009

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"While we depend on firefighters for the critical role they play in the safety of our cities and towns, we must evaluate this issue objectively and scientifically," said Donald J. Borut, executive director of the National League of Cities. He continued, "This study demonstrates the need for more high-level research into cancer and firefighters. States should not pass laws requiring cities to take on difficult financial burdens with no clear scientific connection between illness and occupation. We suggest that all involved - legislators, governors, cities and firefighters - review this report and consider its findings as they discuss this difficult issue."

The National League of Cities is the nation's oldest and largest organization devoted to strengthening and promoting cities as centers of opportunity, leadership and governance. NLC is a resource and advocate for 19,000 cities, towns and villages, representing more than 218 million Americans. www.nlc.org.


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